When we chose the dragon as the main character for one of our snow globes, we were focusing on its auspicious connotation in Chinese culture. Historically in China, the dragon has symbolized good fortune and strength, as well as very specific powers. (Oddly specific, in fact…waterfall, hurricanes, and floods.)
They abound in today’s culture. Dragon tattoos can be seen anywhere and everywhere. “Puff the Magic Dragon” is a modern classic. There are dragons in Skyrim. DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” was nominated for two Oscars.
Dragons, however, have an interesting, dichotomous significance across many different cultures. They can take on the role of noble protector, or become a force of devastation. They can symbolize both creation and destruction, with their dual ability to breathe a warm fire or to spit raw, biting ice.
Perhaps that’s why we love and are fascinated by dragons. In their dichotomous nature, they’re remarkably similar to humans.